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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Book of Esther


Correspondence table of Pericopes and Literary Structure


Pericope134
1 Banquet of the king(1:1-22) 1-1 3-1 4-1
2 Esther becomes queen(2:1-18) 1-1 3-1 4-1
3 Contribution of Mordecai(2:19-23) 1-1 3-1 4-1
4 Haman undertakes to destroy the Jews(3:1-15) 1-1 3-1 4-1 4-2
5 Esther agrees to help the Jews(4:1-17) 1-1 3-1 3-2 4-2
6 Esther's banquet(5:1-14) 1-1 3-2 4-2
7 The honor of Mordecai(6:1-14) 1-1 3-2 4-2 4-3
8 Haman's downfall(7:1-10) 1-1 3-2 4-3
9 Esther saves the Jews(8:1-8) 1-1 3-2 3-3 4-3
10 Pleasure of Jews(8:9-17) 1-1 3-3 4-3 4-4
11 Destruction of the Enemies of the Jews(9:1-19) 1-1 3-3 4-4
12 The feast of Purim inaugurated(9:20-32) 1-1 3-3 4-4
13 The honor of Mordecai(10:1-3) 1-1 3-3 4-4

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